The Forest Service is seeking comments to changes it has proposed to special use permits for outfitting and guiding. The changes are being made to support implementation of the National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act of 2016 which allows the agency to authorize and offset fees by the permittee’s costs for working on trails. The Forest Service will be adding Clause A-23 to the permits which defines the relevant terms. The agency will also be adding a new Appendix H which sets out the terms of the fee offset agreement, including the amount available for offset and the projects to be completed. Finally, the agency is adding a new Appendix I which is the form an outfitter must complete to apply for the fee offset. If you have any thoughts on changes that may improve the forms, let the agency know. Comments are due by November 4, 2019. A copy of the actual Federal Register notice can be found here.
NPS recently issued a notice, as it is required to do by law, seeking public input on the usefulness and burden imposed by its standard